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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rob Madell Swimming To Kingdom Come

Rob Madell finished his 10-mile swim at the Kingdom Swim in 5 hours 53 minutes. The 71-year-old has been swimming since he was on his high school and college swim teams where he first competed at 50 yards and 100 yards. After my freshman year in college, I switched to long distance which in those days that meant 220 yards and 440 yards in a pool. Many years later in 2001, he had a very serious brain bleed. Upon examination, the doctors discovered that it was caused by a congenital malformation of some blood vessels in his brain. He underwent two surgeries to repair those vessels.

"Even a year later running made me dizzy so I returned to swimming. My first open water swims were in the Hudson - varying from as little as one-half mile to as much as 6 miles."

Later in 2010, Madell made a decision to begin marathon swimming at age 67. He qualified for his 10-mile swim with a 6-mile swim off the Jersey Shore and have been successfully completing the 10-mile Kingdom Swim every year since.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel before the 10-mile Kingdom Swim?
Rob Madell: Since this was my fourth time, I was very relaxed - maybe too relaxed. Unlike the first time, I was sure that I could do it.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the first half of the race?
Rob Madell: The water was very flat. I felt strong. Nothing hurt. I was worried that I was swimming too fast - but I couldn't make myself slow down.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the second half of the race?
Rob Madell: I was not happy with the rough water up near the islands. Particularly in the last 3 miles. I just put my head down and swam. I kept telling myself that it didn't matter if I hurt, just keep going. With maybe 50 yards left to the beach I got a terrible cramp in my left calf. Two days later it still hurts. I thought about how awful it would be if I had to be pulled out 50 yards from the finish.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Rob Madell: How did you get over the fatigue during the race?
Rob Madell: Fatigue doesn't matter. I did the best I could to ignore it. I couldn't ignore the pain in my calf. I had to try to stretch it out - and somehow I did.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What did you eat or drink? How often?
Rob Madell: Every 33 minutes I stopped for a packet of GU and a mixture of orange juice and water. After about 4 and one-half hours I took 2 Advil.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming:6. Did you and your kayaker talk during the race?
Rob Madell: Only every 33 minutes. My kayaker and son-in-law James Davis was great. Not only did he keep me on the course, but he kept telling me that I was looking great. Even while I was swimming he seemed to be smiling and nodding his approval.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What was your strategy versus your competition?
Rob Madell: My only strategy is to start slow. And I have no competition for being the oldest - all I have to do for that prize is to finish.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel after the race?
Rob Madell: For the rest of the day I felt perfectly fine. Two days later, my calf hurts, my nose is running, and I am dehydrated.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What are your next open water swimming goals?
Rob Madell: I am not thinking about that yet. I train very hard for the Kingdom Swim and now I am taking some time off. The Kingdom Swim is a unique event. The parade, the costumes, the dinner, even the beef jerky. I have swum in a lot of races, but this one is far and away my favorite. Thank you Phil.

Photo by Roberta Moudry.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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